Sera Yu Wen Chen

Residency Program

Institutional Recommendation Program

update: 2024.1.9

Sera Yu Wen CHEN

Participating ProjectInstitutional Recommendation Program
Activity BasedTaipei
City / Place stayedTokyo
Purpose of the residency

The first purpose is to develop the introduction of the King Coconut palm tree in Taiwan during the Japanese Colonial period. Through the research, I discovered that the initial attempt to import the King Coconut tree from Hawaii failed, and success was achieved only after transplanting trees from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in Tokyo. This transplantation under the influence of exotic colonization sparked further investigation.
The second is to trace the existence of Chiyoko Fujiwara, who was the representation of Asian women for a sculpture project about races of human beings in the U.S. in 1970.

Plan during the residency
  • Collect visual materials, such as historical documents and postcards
  • Collect the Tropical Photographic Collection by Kudo Yakuro
  • Visiting the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden for the subject
  • Initiate a dialogue and discourse from different cultural perspectives via project presentation
  • Find the possible related person or documents about Chiyoko Fujiwara

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